When 2008’s Taken debuted at the U.S. box office with a $24.7 million debut, following months of rumors the Liam Neeson-starring movie would go direct-to-DVD, Hollywood was shocked. Producer Luc Besson (Leon,District B13, Lockout) and writer Robert Mark Kamen (The Karate Kid) were thrilled. Taken‘s gross continued to grow; eventually, it became evident that a sequel was in order. Now in 2012, we have Taken 2— the franchise’s second mega hit.
“We never talked about a sequel,” says Kamen, “But when we had this thing, a phenomenon, we took a look at it and said, ‘What’s the phenomenon?’ It was a man striving to be reunited with his family. On the flip side, we had a man who just lost his family. We went from there.”
Kamen and Besson’s lucrative writing partnership goes back nearly 18 years and includes films like The Fifth Element, Kiss of the Dragon, and the Transporter series.Read More